Rhody Battles No. 7/8 Maryland Saturday Night

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

THE BASICS
Rhode Island (1-0) at No. 7/8 Maryland (1-0)
Tip-Off: Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 p.m. EST
Live Coverage: Stats | Audio | TV: FS1
Game Notes

RHODE ISLAND VS. MARYLAND - SERIES NOTES

  • Saturday's game will be the fifth meeting all time between Rhode Island and Maryland. 
  • The Terrapins lead the series, 3-1. 
  • The teams last met on Nov. 25, 2015 in the title game of the Cancun Challenge. Maryland won the game, 86-63.
  • Rhode Island's lone victory in the series came in the first meeting. The Rams won, 59-53, on Jan. 5, 1940. The game was played in Elizabeth, N.J.
  • Both teams return their respective leading scorers from last season. Rhody's Jeff Dowtin averaged 15.3 points per game last season, while Anthony Cowan paced Maryland with 15.6 points per game. 
  • Both Rhode Island and Maryland are coming off home opening wins. The Rams defeated LIU 76-65, and the Terrapins beat Holy Cross 95-71. 
  • Both teams had impressive debuts from freshmen. Jacob Toppin had 11 points and seven rebounds for URI, while Donta Scott had nine points and six rebounds in his debut for Maryland.

MARYLAND RANKED N0. 7/8 IN NATIONAL TOP 25 POLLS

  • With Maryland ranked No. 7/8 in the national polls, it will be the first top 25 opponent for the Rams since Rhody played No. 9 Duke in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Championship.
  • The Rams last defeated a top 25 team during the 2017-18 season, when they knocked off No. 20 Seton Hall 75-74 at the NIT Season Tip Off at the Barclays Center. 
  • Rhode Island is 16-100 all time against ranked opponents.

RAMS TAKE CARE OF THE BALL IN OPENER

  • In addition to moving the ball well against LIU, the Rams took care of the rock, committing just 10 turnovers.
  • The primary ball handlers, senior Jeff Dowtin and junior Fatts Russell did not commit any turnovers, despite both playing more than 35 minutes.
  • For Dowtin, it was the 16th time in his career that he has played 30+ minutes without turning the ball over.
  • It was the fourth time in his career that Russell has played 30 or more minutes without a turnover.
  • All four have come in Russell's last 13 games played. 

LANGEVINE CONTINUES TO BE A DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINE

  • Senior Cyril Langevine picked up where he left off last season, opening the season with a double-double as he had 16 points and 15 rebounds against LIU.
  • Last season, Langevine ranked 15th nationally with 17 double-doubles on the season.
  • The double-double was the 24th of Langevine's career, which is tied for eighth among all active players in Division I.
  • The 17 double-doubles last season for Langevine were the most by a URI player since Lamar Odom had 19 in 1998-99.
  • LIU marked the 32nd time Langevine has reached double figures in rebounds, and the fifth time he has had 15 or more.
  • Langevine finished last season with 328 rebounds, the fifth most in a single season in program history.
  • It was the most rebounds by a URI player since Art Stephenson set the URI single-season record with 420 in 1966-67.
  • The last Rhode Island player with 300 rebounds in one season was Lamar Odom, who had 302 in 1998-99. 
  • Langevine had 10+ rebounds 18 times last season.
  • He led the Atlantic 10 and was ninth in the country with 9.9 rebounds per game.
  • Langevine had eight offensive boards against LIU. He was 18th nationally in 2018-19 with 3.36 per game.